Why Child-led Outdoor Play?
Both research and experience tells us that when children can freely play outside, they learn much more than 100 ways to wield a stick (although our children are very good at wielding sticks.) They learn physical skills, like balancing, running, leaping, and climbing. They learn social skills, like cooperation, negotiation, problem-solving, and role-playing. They learn practical skills, like fire safety, knife work, and den-building. They learn classic educational skills, like maths, language, storytelling, drama, and music. Most importantly, they learn how to become a community of confident, resilient, learners.
In the company of warm, caring adults, children have freedom to explore, investigate and 'be', enabling them to develop socially, emotionally and academically and with a true connection to the natural world.